On Parenting: The Burger-less Burger

Just on a parental "need to know" basis, it is possible to purchase a plain cheeseburger Happy Meal at McDonalds minus the burger. 

Yes, this is technically a "cheese sandwich" happy meal specifically for one discerning young palate in our family.

You may have to repeat the order several times to the confused clerk, confirm that you do want a burger-less burger, and pay the regular price, but it can be done.

This special meal was for the youngest preschooler who has never been a meat-eater and usually prefers the odd meal of a salad with Italian dressing from the Golden Arches.

Ironically, the boy's twin sister loves steak, burgers, chicken, turkey, and the like so we don't have such lunch ordering challenges.

We parents will go the extra mile to make each kiddo happy--from the carnivores to the herbivores.       

20 comments:

Herding Cats said...

I think it's refreshing that you let her choose whether or not to eat meat. One of my closest friends HATED meat from the time she was born, but her parents made her eat it until she was 12. She became a full-fledged vegetarian after that.

jodeeluna said...

Yes, it is possible although quite an undertaking. My vegetarian daughter does it all the time. Yet I agree with your description about the confusion that this order elicits. I enjoy the dialogue over the intercom every time she orders one of these meatless hamburgers.

Bob G. said...

Slamdunk:
To paraphrase from the Good Book:
ALL things are possible for those who have children (and love them as you do).

And good for McD's for being accomdating.

Stay safe.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

I imagine that does confuse the kid behind the counter because there's no button with a picture of a meat free cheeseburger on his register. I get the same reaction when I order a bunless, condiment free hamburger for my Lab, Buddy, when we pull up to the drive thru. Onions are toxic to dogs and ketchup and mustard give him TERRIBLE gas.

Mommy Lisa said...

McD's will do whatever if you pay for the Happy Meal. ;)

Tamika: said...

I never McDonald's was so accomodating:)

It never ceases to amaze me how different each child is!

Beth Zimmerman said...

I worked at McDonalds years ago and got used to all kinds of strange special orders! Especially for the folks ordering for their dogs! I don't think they carried them around in purses back then though! :)

Kristin said...

My vegetarian middle school bestie used to always order those. Don't ask me how I remembered that. Haha!

Sister Copinherhair said...

You can also just buy the toy. You don't have to get the Happy Meal.

So my son will order two grilled chicken snack wraps, apples, and a toy. :)

My Husband's Watching TV... said...

Interesting...good to know!

Dawn said...

Haha....Oh don't you love the twists and turns of parenting? We could write a book on parenting...and STILL wouldn't have the bases covered. There's always more to do and more to learn...:)

Selma said...

My son is a such a die-hard carnivore that he recently announced he could never have a relationship with a vegetarian because it just wouldn't last (he turns 15 on Saturday.) I am quietly chuckling about it thinking the gods will send a beautiful, irresitable vegetarian his way sometime in the future.

And once I had to ask for a burger at Maccas without a pickle...what a kerfuffle that caused. LOL.

Maxi said...

Thank you twenty fold for this post. Our granddaughter doesn't like burgers buuut loves McDs.

Until now it has been a challenge.

Stephen Tremp said...

Kids can have discriminating tastes. But you have the right to "Have It Your Way." My kids like the Carls Jr burgers and like catchup and cheese only. Our dog likes just the burger. He'll tear off the bun and toss it aside.

J. J. in Phila said...

I understand your son's dilemma. I've liked mustard on french fries since childhood.

Momma Fargo said...

LOL. Love it.

Hilary said...

Good thing they accommodate .. I imagine Burger King and others would too.

tara said...

My three year old changes his favorite foods every other day so it's a challenge to find a meal. It's nice when you can find something for toddlers that's inexpensive but made to order!

CL Beck, author said...

Cheese and bread with no burger? Definitely sounds like a cheese samich to me! :)

secret agent woman said...

McDonald's should follow Burger King's lead and add a veggie burger to their menu.